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First look: 2014 Bowman baseball cards

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

The big and the small are back in Bowman next year.

Topps revealed the first looks and basic details for 2014 Bowman on Friday, and it will be a product that builds upon the mini presence introduced this season and add a jumbo twist for next.

How? With a nod to the 1989 Bowman set, which arrived 25 years ago next summer.

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Set to arrive on April 30 with HTA Jumbo boxes containing 12 packs and three hits per — or 24-pack hobby boxes with one, Bowman will include jumbo box-toppers in the style of the 1989 relaunch of the brand as well as inserts that will look back to the days that ended a decades-long drought for the name before it returned and became the de facto prospecting brand in the hobby.

The base set will consist of 220 cards each with 12 parallels — five of which are new. There will be Blue (/500), Orange (/250), Gold (/50) and 1/1 Reds and printing plates as we are used to, while Green (/150), Yellow (/99) Silver (/75), Black (/25) and Purple (/10) will be new in hobby packs. In addition, there will be State parallels as in recent years. For the prospects, there will be 110 cards each with Blue (/500), Orange (/250) and 1/1 Red and printing plates.  In addition, there will be Silver Ice parallels one per hobby box or two per Jumbo. Reds will be limited to 25, Purples to 10 and Whites are 1/1s.

The Chrome presence will include several inserts on top of the prospects Chrome set, which will include nine parallels — Refractor (/500), Blue (/250), Black (/99), Green (/75), Gold (/50), Orange (/25) and Red (/5) and 1/1 plates and Superfractors.

Chrome prospect autos will be hobby-only and include two new shades — Black (/99) an Green (/75) — atop standard Refractors (/500), Blue (/150), Gold (/50), Orange (/25), Purple (/10, HTA Jumbo-only) and Red (/5) along with 1/1 Supers and plates. Autographed Chrome Rookies will have the same shades but with Blues limited to 250, Blacks to 35,  and Greens to 20. Greens and plate autos will only be found in Jumbo boxes. Red Ice autos will be limited to 25, while Purple Ice autos will be limited to 10.

With the “1989 Bowman is Back” angle, Topps is including a continuity program — a set of 1989-style cards that will be found in all 2014 Bowman lines. The Black Refractor autos will be limited to 25, while autographed buybacks will be limited to five copies. Box-topper autos in the 1989 style will be limited to 20 along with oversized Silver Ice cards limited to 99, Red Ice limited to 10 and Whites limited to one copy. If you want ink and Ice, there’s a Purple version to chase that’s limited to 25.

Fans of the Blue Wave wrapper redemptions should be excited to find that there will be Hot Packs with two types of Wave Refractors inside of boxes next year. Blue Wave packs will also include Reds that will be limited to 25 copies per card. Blue autos will be limited to 50 per player. Black Wave packs will include Silver Waves limited to 25 with autos limited to 50.

The Bowman Lucky Redemptions will be back with five 2014 rookies getting cards, while other rarer bonuses will include high school All-American game autos from the AFLAC/Perfect Game and Under Armour events. An Ultimate Prospect auto book will also be made — just five copies to chase there. Also to be found are Futures Game Relics from this year’s game, limited to 25, with Dual Franchise Refractor autos limited to 25 that also will have Red (/5) and 1/1 Superfrctor versions.

Also among the inserts will be Bowman Top 100 cards once again with three rarer parallels there — a diecut Refractor (/99), a signed diecut Refractor (/24) and a 1/1 Atomic auto diecut. Also returning will be Bowman Black autos limited to 25, Bowman Black Violet parallels (/10) and Social Mediagraphs that include a Twitter handle along with a sig limited to 10 copies.

The mini cards introduced this year will be back — with autographs and even more Refractors in tow. The top five players in each organization will be highlighted here with Blue (/250), Orange (/50), Gold (/25), Black (/15), Green (/10) and Red (/5) cards along with 1/1 Superfractors. For the autos, there will be Gold autos (/25), Reds (/5) and 1/1 Supers.

Last but not least, a Golden Debut contract contest will be included with all who find getting a signed baseball from a top prospect. All winners will be entered into a contest to have a card in the 2015 Bowman set.

A preliminary checklist was not released.

More to come. Refresh in a few minutes.

Chris Olds is the editor of Beckett Baseball and Beckett Sports Card Monthly magazines. Have a comment, question or idea? Send an email to him at colds@beckett.com. Follow him on Twitter by clicking here.

6 Comments

marc

This is a ridiculous product now. why are there so many veteran parallels? I personally cannot stand buying a bowman product and getting a numbered veteran parallel card. This product is meant for prospectors, of which Topps gets that, but if they are going to appeal to the veteran card collectors (how many bowman collectors have thousands of veteran base set cards from 06-13 that they want to toss in a volcano?) maybe they should try a new avenue. Unless they include Johnny Damon, then I’ll get all of ‘em :)

Posted September 14, 2013 at 11:20 am | Permalink
Jeff

I have been a big fan of the last few years of Bowman, but I think they have a little too much going on with this design, and the area for the photo is a little small.

Posted September 14, 2013 at 7:09 pm | Permalink
AL

Yawn, Yawn, Yawn Yawn Yawn. Marc’s “volcano” comment was right on the money & funny.

Posted September 16, 2013 at 11:50 am | Permalink
bobby chalermsopone

Everyone wants to see what the Puig will look like. Thanks for nothing Bowman.

Can we please stop with these dumb codes we have to enter at the bottom?

Posted September 16, 2013 at 12:52 pm | Permalink
John

My goodness that’s alot of cards to chase for sets, this is why I truley believe that Bowman will be in 20 years the same as the 90s over-production cards worthless to collectors. The BV may show an amazing 300 $ price tag on a card but no one will want any of these. This is why I stick to the original Topps product and the A & G.

Posted September 18, 2013 at 4:41 am | Permalink
Mike Pereira

12 PARALLELS ?????????????????????????????????? Useless money squeeze.

Posted September 22, 2013 at 2:13 pm | Permalink

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